Report: William Saliba is ready to quit Arsenal if he doesn't get assurances of regular game time
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Report: William Saliba is ready to quit Arsenal if he doesn't get assurances of regular game time

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According to The Express, William Saliba is ready to leave Arsenal if Mikel Arteta does not assure him of regular game time next season.

The young Frenchman is one of the best defenders of his age in world football. The Gunners splashed £27 million to sign him from Saint-Etienne almost three years ago (Goal), but he’s yet to play a single competitive game for the club.

Saliba has been loaned out three times already – to Saint-Etienne, Nice and Marseille – because Arteta has just not been convinced he’s ready to play in the Premier League.

The Arsenal boss is expected to give him an opportunity when he returns for pre-season this summer, but there could now be a new twist in the tale.

William Saliba ready to leave Arsenal if he doesn’t get regular game-time assurances

Saliba had a hugely impressive loan spell in France with Marseille last season. The Frenchman, branded as ‘amazing’ by Bacary Sagna, played 52 times in all competitions for Les Olympiens and even earned his first senior international call-up.

The 21-year-old is now a full France international, and he has his sights set on a place in Didier Deschamps’ squad for the World Cup in Qatar later this year.

If Saliba is to get on that flight, he will have to have a great start to the new season. That’s why he’s desperate for regular game time, and the report claims that the young French defender is prepared to leave Arsenal if he doesn’t receive assurances of regular game time from Arteta.

Marseille are reportedly keen to sign him on a permanent deal this summer, and the report suggests Saliba is open to a return to the Stade Velodrome as well.

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This really complicates things for Arsenal and Mikel Arteta.

Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes are the Gunners’ first-choice central defensive partnership. Both players have been absolutely brilliant for the Emirates Stadium club, and there’s no reason for Arteta to change that.

That means Saliba is extremely unlikely to get regular game time in the Premier League next season, which leaves the Europa League, where he’ll certainly start every fixture if he stays at Arsenal.

That’s not bad at all for someone who is still only 21, but whether Saliba is prepared to accept that role ahead of the World Cup in November remains to be seen.

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